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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Barbados New Year's Eve

Celebrating New Year’s Eve In Barbados

If you know me personally, then you know that New Year’s Eve is my favorite day of the year. I have had the good fortune of celebrating the holiday in some pretty extraordinary cities all over the world, including destinations like New York City, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Madrid, London, and Rio de Janeiro. There is something so magical about starting off the brand new year with a champagne buzz, gorgeous fireworks, and being surrounded by family and friends. Having said that, since becoming a mom my last three New Year’s Eves have typically consisted of my husband and I falling asleep before midnight. In 2018, though, we decided to flip the script and go somewhere new and hopefully unforgettable: Barbados. And guess what? We nailed it! I let my husband take control for once and he truly planned the best New Year’s Ever I have ever celebrated.

Hilton Barbados Resort

Once we narrowed it down to Barbados, Lucas spent days looking for the perfect spot there to celebrate New Year’s Eve and eventually decided upon Hilton Barbados Resort. Even Joaquín was excited to see fireworks for the first time and to stay up way past his bedtime (spoiler alert: he fell asleep five minutes before midnight and missed everything).

Barbados

Hundreds of people at the Hilton Barbados Resort chose to welcome 2019 with a big bang as the luxury property staged its Old Year’s Eve event, “Spellbound Night Under the Stars”. The energy was high and everyone were in awe as the countdown got underway seconds before midnight, giving way to a stunning fireworks display right on the beach. Everyone whipped out their phones to record the spectacle as parents and children screamed in delight, some couples kissed, and friends hugged.

Before the highlight of the night, we were entertained by the soothing voice of Barbadian vocalist Marisa Lindsey and saxophonist Elan Trotman who delighted fans as he played several hits. On a side note, I sat in back of Elan on our flight to Barbados and he seemed like such a lovely guy! There was also huge buffets of delicious food from all over the world and open bars what seemed like every couple of feet. My drink of choice for the evening was pink rum punch. Even though there were a lot of people, the event still felt intimate. The fireworks lasted for almost half an hour and we had a front row seat to them.

Barbados New Year's Eve
Barbados New Year's Eve

If you are looking for the ultimate New Year’s Eve experience, then head to Barbados. You will be spoiled for choice with all the celebrations taking place. The one thing you will certainly need to get your head around is that they call it Old Year’s Night. And what a night it is, with traditional festive celebrations, spectacular themed dinners, and fun-filled beach parties. If you are considering somewhere special for your New Year’s Eve, I could not recommend a better place than Barbados and especially the Hilton Barbados Resort.

This post was not sponsored.

Things To Do In Kauai: Five Interesting Kauai Activities

Kauai is a wonderful island that is bedecked with a lot of fascinating things to keep the body fit, the mind healthy, and the eye entertained. There are waterfalls, rivers, jungle vegetation, and more. The island is so rich that there is something fun for everyone, residents as well as tourists. There is, for instance, Turtle Cove for people who have a deep interest in observing sea creatures. Turtle Cove offers the opportunity for an encounter with many wonderful creatures including Hawaiian monk seals, whales, and turtles.   

The beautiful landscape makes boredom an impossibility in Kauai. So, what are the best things to do in Kauai as a pastime? Read on to find the most thrilling, fun, and entertaining pastimes in Kauai. 

Hiking Tours 

Hiking is at the top of the list of interesting Kauai activities. The island is naturally prepared for hiking tours with numerous hiking trails. Some of them include Kalepa Ridge Trail, Waipo’o Falls Trail, The Okolehao Ridge Trail, Ho’oip’i Falls Trail, The Kuiliau Ridge Trail, The Nounou Trail, and The Haha’ulepu. These hiking trails offer different hiking distances, complexity, and views of Kauai. 

You do not have to be an expert hiker or an athlete at all to enjoy hiking in Kauai. If you are not an expert hiker, there are plenty of easy hikes that will keep you safe while offering the fun you need. Not knowing the island very well is also not a barrier, because there are always expert guides to show you the way.

Waterfall Swim

Ever fantasized about immersing yourself in a waterfall while the water is rushing against your skin? Kauai is the place to make such a dream a reality. The island boasts of different waterfalls that you can comfortably swim in. One such waterfall is the Uluwehi Falls, which is a little off the Wailua River. Uluwehi is often referred to as Secret Falls. There are also some waterfalls available at Princeville Ranch up north. Interestingly, some of the waterfalls are safe for children to swim as well, which means that not only you can enjoy the breathtaking experience, your kids can enjoy it too. 

Skydiving 

If you are one of those who likes trying something new, something extraordinary, then you have to try skydiving. Doing it on the island of Kauai is a more-than-thrilling experience. First, you will enjoy the pleasure of sailing quietly in the air until you land safely. While floating, you have the most complete aerial view of the island.  In addition, you can actually film the fantastic and rare experience while hanging from your parachute to keep the memory alive. 

Kayaking 

More than any other place in Hawaii, Kauai boasts of many navigable rivers. So, kayaking is one of the Kauai adventures that allows a quick tour of the island, while also allowing you to better connect with the depth of its richness. There are many different kayaking routes to take. A tour can be taken through the Na Pali Coast to the Blue Lagoon, bursting into the Wailua River. There are also other kayaking routes such as the Huleia River from Nawiliwili Harbor and others. Individuals who are ready for more thrilling and more challenging adventure can go for seasonal kayaking which offers the option to experience the island by sea. Kayaking in Kauai, whether regular or seasonal, is an unforgettable adventure — something best experienced rather than told. 

Visiting Koke’e State Park

This is definitely for people looking for things to see in Kauai. This park is an expansion of Waimea Canyon State Park. Koke’e State Park makes it possible to have a holistic view of the Napali Coast and is reputed to be the only place where such a scenic view of the island is possible from land. On top of that, Koke’e hosts a Natural History Museum that covers different aspects of Kauai’s life and culture including wildlife, geology, weather, and botany. Visiting Koke’e Park is a good opportunity to feed your eyes while getting versed in the island’s history at the same time. 

These five activities are worthy pastimes for residents as well as visitors in Kauai. They are experiences that you will not forget and that you will want to relive once you have done them.

Four Ways Portsmouth Works For Family Getaways

London might have some of the best attractions in the world, but let us be honest, it can cost a fortune to visit. When you make it a family trip the costs just are not affordable for most.

It means that you sometimes need to think outside the box and look at alternatives. Portsmouth falls into this category and considering the fact that it is sat a short train ride away from the capital, it is starting to attract a surprisingly high number of tourists. With hotels of a much better value, and with so many sights to see, suddenly that short trip to Portsmouth looks a lot more practical.

Let us now take a look at some of the big attractions you can visit that the kids are going to enjoy in Portsmouth:

Bluereef Aquarium

This is arguably the premier attraction for families in Portsmouth, with Bluereef Aquarium having over forty different displays. The aquarium contains sharks, stingrays, and even has an underwater, walk-through tunnel which always proves favorable amongst visitors.

If you time your trip for the summer months, Bluereef also has a splash pool and outdoor play area that is sure to go down well with little ones.

Southsea Model Village

In terms of out-of-the-box suggestions, this next one probably tops the list. Sure, models are not going to be the thing on every child’s mind, but they do capture attention and can at least offer something different to the standard holiday attractions.

In relation to Southsea Model Village, this 1/12th scale village has proven to be hugely popular in the area. There are around forty different houses, and even a model railway which runs around the village.

It is something that will appeal to both kids and adults and in relation to the former, there is even a playground.

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

For those kids who love being on top of the world, let us take a look at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower. This is one of the dominating features of the city and happens to be one of the tallest towers outside of London. It stands 170m tall and its design is based on a sail, which ties directly into Portsmouth’s maritime history.

Of course, for most kids the climb is just too much. Fortunately, there is a lift to help you all on your way and you will find yourself at the top of the tower within just thirty seconds. From there, you will be able to see views up to 23 miles away.

Make a day trip

For those who want to give the family more than a standard day trip, you can even cross the ocean courtesy of the ferries that run from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight. Sure, this is a small island, but it makes for an adventure and the Wightlink ferry and Hovertravel hovercraft are running each and every day to take you there.

From this point on, have a look at the famous Needles attraction or even have a go at Wight karting. In short, even though this might be a small island, it has plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Luxurious Bedroom

The Top Seven Style Choices For A Luxurious Bedroom

The style choices that you use in your bedroom are very exciting, because you want the bed to turn into a luxurious place to sleep. You can use all the style tips below to turn your bedroom into a fun place to be. You have to be sure that you can come up with a plan that is very nice for you and you also need to look at what your options are, so that you can be as stylish as possible along with adding comfort to the house.

1.  Platform Bed

This blog post shows you how you can get a platform bed to put in your house. The platform bed is going to make you feel like you are floating and you will start to feel like you can completely change how you manage your sleeping because you can easily start spending your money around this bed.

2. Soft Mattress

You need a soft mattress that is going to be easy to sleep on. You need to have the most comfortable mattress you can find and you have to remember that it is much easier to go to bed when the mattress feels soft.  The best part of this is that you can completely change how you sleep just by getting a nice mattress. Plus, you will be able to flop on this bed to get comfortable, because it was designed to make your life better at the end of the day.

3.  The Canopy

The canopy that you are looking for will start to show you what your options are, because you can make the bed private, make the bed feel luxurious, or give yourself a chance to close the canopy to start to feel like you are encased in the bed. You can get the canopy to float over the bed, or you might get bedposts that will help you hang anything that you would like.

4.  The Headboard

You can turn your headboard into something very soft that is nice to lean against. You will feel much more comfortable, because your pillows back up to the headboard and you can get a headboard that is so soft you feel like you are in a hotel where they have outfitted the whole room for comfort.

5.  Softer Rails

You can get a bed with softer rails, so that the mattress will be much softer to lie on. This is very important, and it is something that you can get right now, so that you will have a much better rest. You can go even further by having a look at the box springs that you need.

6.  Box Springs

Box springs are the extra part of the bed that makes it even softer to sleep on. Get the premium version if you can.

7.  Warm Colors

Add warm colors to the room when you are looking to make it more luxurious, because you want to finish off the room by making it romantic.

Charter a boat in a beautiful ocean.

How To Satisfy Your Water Fi On Your Vacation

If you have a need for lots of water on your vacation here are some great ideas to get you on the water in the best ways possible. 

Charter a Private Sailboat

One type of vacation that not enough people go on every year is one on a luxury sailboat. A sailing vacation truly is a one-of-a-kind vacation adventure. And it is one that is truly luxurious as well. You can charter a sailboat that has all of the top amenities including large staterooms, full kitchens, several spacious decks, sea crafts that allow you to stop anywhere and enjoy watersports, snorkeling and scuba equipment on board, and a dull sailing crew to take you anywhere you would like to sail. 

Some luxury sailing holidays include long trips that take in lots of ocean or sea and rarely touch land. Others have constant stops in many of the most beautiful port cities in the world. Passengers stop off to go shopping, see the sights, and experience the food and culture of some of the world’s great cities while sailing. You can select either type of vacation or a combination of both, and then charter the sailboat that fits your needs. There are boats that can accommodate large parties and others perfect for a couple. Choose the one that fits your needs and have a memorable vacation like no other. 

Charter a boat in a beautiful ocean.

Go to an island That Features Water Activities 

One main feature of most island destinations is their water activities, but if you visit many of the places touting themselves as having the best in the world, you will soon find that this is not up to your expectations. However there are some places that are simply overwhelming in their beauty, marine life, and activities possible. A few places that come to mind include: 

The Maldives

Many people argue that the Maldives is the most beautiful island destination in the world. This South Asian island chain has twenty-six atolls and 1,192 islands with only 200 of them being inhabited. Currently, at its coordinates in the Arabian Sea, the Maldives sit southwest of India and Sri Lanka. Each year tourists come from all over to visit these islands that feature resorts that have an island each. The main activities are water sports and the Maldives has some of the most beautiful reefs anywhere. There is abundant sea life including tropical fish and manta rays the size of speedboats. Sailing in this part of the world is very common with many tourists sailing from one island resort to another to experience the differences. The Maldives is described as a once in a lifetime destination.

The Caribbean

This group of island countries sits to the south and mostly east of the United States and is the most popular island definition for those living in North America. The Caribbean is home to some of the most wonderful sailing, fishing, and water sports anywhere. You can choose from countries including Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands, and Dominican Republic. The weather is always balmy and the oceans here are generally calm. You can sail or yacht for weeks and visit a new country every few days.

When you need your to be on the water choose a vacation that takes you there and also will give you the time of your life!